Play Mail Box

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One of the things I loved most about Valentines day as a child was the creation of fun red and pink hued boxes that we would decorate in anticipation of the happy hoard of heart themed cards and candies. This year I thought it would be fun to extend that joy by creating a play mail box with my boys that they could then later use in their everyday imaginative play. And as I’m crazy (or lazy?) about using what I’ve already got lying around the house (along with a very slight obsession with duct tape) I knew we had to make one, post haste.

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To make this play mail box we simply scrounged up an old cookie/cracker box that was just the right size. I then cut the top off and used the side of an old cereal box to create the arched top which was then secured on with duct tape. I then used another side of the cereal box to cut out the shape of the mail box door and flag – which was later attached with a brad.

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After decorating our mail box with wording and hearts (which, let’s be honest, will probably be removed by my boys after the holiday of love is through) we quickly filled it up with an assortment of Valentine goodies for an afternoon of mail day play.

And with Little O who is not yet in public school, I’m thinking this will be just the thing to collect all those gifts and cards from friends who get together for a little preschool V-day card exchange.

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And after the holiday is through, well I foresee countless hours of mail play in our future. Now to make some duct tape envelopes for correspondence…

February 8, 2013

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21 Comments

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    Katie

    February 7, 2013

    Hello! Long-time blog lurker without commenting (sorry!). This is absolutely beautiful and so sweet!

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      Merrilee

      February 7, 2013

      Thanks Katie! And so glad you said hello!
      xo
      Mer

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    Nicole A.

    February 11, 2013

    I love this! I was just thinking of doing something similar for my daughter! I love duct tape, so many possibilities! Would love for you to share this on my Talented Tuesday link up here: http://feistymom.me/talented-tuesday-link-up/

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      Merrilee

      February 11, 2013

      Thanks Nicole! Please do share with a link back to the full tutorial here. And definitely make one. It’s so easy and your daughter will love it!

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    Marjorie

    February 13, 2013

    This is so adorable!! What a lovely idea! I would love to do this for my kids one day (though that may be for quite a while)! 🙂

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    liz

    February 13, 2013

    You are genius.

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    Christine Lee

    January 2, 2014

    Love this! We’ve featured this craft in a post we just published on our website…check it out here! http://www.educttapecrafts.com/love-is-in-the-air-4-crafts-we-love-for-valentines-day-duct-taping/

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    Carmen

    February 3, 2014

    Very cute! May I ask where the cards are from?

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    Whitney @ Home Depot

    February 5, 2014

    What a neat idea – and a great use of duct tape! 🙂 We’re pinning it to our Valentine Inspiration board. Thanks for sharing! -Whitney, Senior Editor @ Home Depot

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      Merrilee

      February 7, 2014

      thanks Whitney! xo Mer

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    Dylan

    February 12, 2014

    I think it’s a great idea. I might make it for myself. I love duct tape

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      Merrilee

      February 12, 2014

      I know Dylan! You really don’t need to be a kid to love it. xo Mer

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    Cassi

    January 26, 2015

    Couldn’t be cuter! I’ll be sharing on The Crafty Crow soon 🙂

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